Old Growth Forest in Tennessee Will Be Protected

By Maria Giordano • THE TENNESSEAN • February 4, 2009

One of the largest tracts of old growth forest remaining in an urban area will be preserved from development.

Friends of the Warner Parks Inc. announced Tuesday it will move forward with the purchase of 324 acres adjacent to the Warner Parks in southwest Davidson County.

The Hill family owns the property, which is home to an old growth forest and has been at the center of a two-year fundraising effort by the nonprofit support group for Warner Parks.

The total cost of the acreage is $10.8 million, discounted for the group from initial appraisals of the land at about $17 million, said Warner Bass, chairman of the group’s capital campaign.

The group has about $9.4 million set aside for the purchase, and they believe they will raise the additional $1.6 million needed before closing on the property. A closing date has not been set, but could be as early as the end of February, Bass said.

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